Float On It: A Creative Community

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Wooster on Spring Project

The past two weeks the Wooster Collective has been posting their latest project, "Wooster on Spring Project". For a six week period they have invited all of the artists that they've posted in the past five years to come and leave their mark on 11 Spring Street. Some time in the second week of December they are planning on having some type of wrap up event. We're planning on making it down the so we hope we see you there.

Their most recent post was this video made by artist Rene Gagnon. It's just a sneak peak of this astounding project.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hybrid Solar Powered Super Phone::By NTT DoCoMo

"Japanese celphone juggernaut Docomo is prototyping this "hybrid mobile phone with solar panels." It looks small enough for Derek Zoolander, and as British gadget mag T3 says, "Powered solely by the beating rays of our closest star, it means you’ll never run out of natter-juice, and puts an end to travel chargers and emergency batteries."


Wireless cup-and-string communicator::; By Duncan Wilson

"Tug the cord to activate, squeeze to talk and hold to the mouth and ear...

The form and function of the Cup Communicator refer to the ‘two-cans and string' children's toy and the physical factors involved with that device. This typology and its associations remind us of the magic and playful intrigue of our first communication devices that has been lost by the desire for more efficient forms of telecommunication." - Duncan Wilson

Check them out here.

Manufactured Landscapes::The Movie

"MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES" is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.

Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it." - mongrel media

2006, Canada, 90 mins.
Check out the Manufactured Landscapes site and the trailer

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Cool Hunting Video::Cut & Paste

"A little more than a year ago, CH sponsored Cut & Paste, the first design competition to square designers against each other in a live tournament-style battle. From the initial sold-out event in NYC, Cut & Paste has grown into a nationwide tour with stops in four cities featuring local designers and judges in each spot. For episode 55, CH joined the party that kicked-off their national series at a Brooklyn warehouse-turned-club to document eight of the best young New York designers duking it out on stage. The video captures the three high-energy rounds, a lively 1200-person audience and an unexpected turn. You'll have to watch to find out which of CH's crew stepped in last-minute to replace a judge who was sick." Check the video here.

New Tado Website Now Online

"The new Tado website is now up for all fans to visit and to adore the great talents of Mike and Katie. Tado are responsible for some very cool art as well as a lot of great vinyl toy designs. However they also have their own line of vinyl toys coming out soon called Ryoko and the SissyFists (pictured above). Head over to the Tado website now and enjoy yourself."


Che Trooper bust:: UrbanMedium Sculptural

"UrbanMedium has released a limited edition bust version of their clever "Che Trooper" graphic -- the perfect sculptural mashup."
Check it out here.


Super Mario wedding cake

"This has got to be the coolest wedding cake I have ever seen, in fact it is probably the coolest cake of any kind. The detail on this stunning and its just looks so irresistibly tasty. There have been lots of cakes made based on video games but none of them compare to this Mario inspired wedding cake. Enjoy the pictures and try not to drool over your keyboard. You can see more pictures here." ::VIA


"They won’t go up your bum!" claims the New Zealand comfy-yet-cute underwear company Thunderpants. Started in 1995 by a couple of girls who were—in their own words—"frustrated by an undie market which either had us squirming all day in wee lace numbers or flopping about in sexless granny bloomers," they designed what they term their "ideal undie." These colorful, well-cut knickers, made from a blend of 92% cotton and 8% lycra, are printed with original wood block graphics. We love the whimsical patterns featuring rodeo cowboys, workman's tools and artichokes, to name a few. (See more here.) Available in children's and men's sizes as well, all styles pictured are hipsters (click for detail), which start at NZ$25 from Thunderpants."


Peau Ethique Organic Undies

"Want to feel more comfortable prancing around in your undies? The French company C.A.BIO produces super cute organic lingerie, underwear, PJs and socks for men, women and children under the brand “Peau Ethique”.

Most of the design work takes place in the French town Saint-Chamond and raw materials for the garments come from Turkey. Cotton is spun, knit and dyed according to the Öeko Tex Standard 100 which prohibits (among other things) the use of heavy metals, known carcinogens, formaldehyde and soda chlorite in the manufacturing process. In addition the company is committed to building long-term relationships with manufacturers and adheres to fair trade labor practices, guaranteeing good working conditions with decent wages, no child labor, and the promotion of handicapped people and women coming from underprivileged areas." ::VIA

Monday, November 13, 2006

Floppy Disk Handbag

"This is a totally unique black vinyl handbag with six real 3.5” high-density 1.44MB diskettes on each side (12 x 1.44 MB = 17.28 MB total). Two snap pockets, one with a zippered change pocket, and two elastic pockets are on the walls of the main compartment. A removable, magnetic latch holds the top edges together. It can fit keys, a cellphone, an iPod Mini, a wallet, and a few paperbacks. And make you look totally sweet!

The magnetic latch that holds the top together is removable. So, if you want a super-skinny purse you can just take out the bottom liner and the latch and just use the magnetic clasps on the interior instead of using the latch. It's nice to have options in a purse!

Here's what the hangtag says:


Check It out here.


Wearable Instrument Shirt:: A New Break Through for Air Guitarists

"Scientists at the CSIRO's Textile and Fibre Technology division in Australia have woven electronic sensors into a T-shirt (the WIS - the Wearable Instrument Shirt) so that it can be played liked a real guitar.

Movements by the wearer's arms are mapped and beamed by radio to a computer which interprets them and turns them into musical notes.

"The left arm chooses a note and the right arm plays it," said Richard Helmer, at CSIRO. The arrangement can be reversed for left-handed musicians. "You can play with yours hands above your head," added Dr Helmer. "You can turn around and jump. Whatever you like."

Video of the shirt + tambourine and guiro versions of the shirt."


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chernobyl Legacy::Magnum Photo Essay By Paul Fusco

Recently we were pointed into the direction of this photo essay by Paul Fusco. A native of near by Leominster, Massachusetts, Fusco brings us a compelling visual account of the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster. You can view the essay here.

You might also want to take a look at his book that this flash movie derived from, "Chernobyl Legacy".

Fusco's Book Cover"Chernobyl Legacy" is a haunting document of the lives that were ruined, in particular those of the unborn and young children, most of who have severe genetic disorders and a host of lethal cancers. The book has essays by Adi Roche, founder of the Chernobyl Children's Project; Michael Douglas, United Nations Messenger for Peace, and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan." - Magnum Photos

::via Venancio Borges

Flexlight:: Innovative LED Lighting

"Jos Kranen was showing his LED Flexilight designed for Feek Furniture. "...an ultra-flat-ready-to-use solution, so you can define your own routes of electricity through your house, using a decorative system to lay out your own 'underground map' of electricity."." ::VIA